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Biotechnology in Medical Sciences

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Introduction to Medical Biotechnology Definition of Medical Biotechnology Historical Perspectives of Medical Biotechnology Discoveries Made in Medical Biotechnology Important Products of Medical Biotechnology Tools of Medical Biotechnology Career Opportunities Current Research Trends References and Reading Human Diseases and Epidemiology Definition and Terminology of Human Disease Types of Human Diseases Prevalence and Causes of Human Diseases Stages of Diseases Disease Transmission Epidemiology Diagnostic Tools and Techniques Current Research Trends References and Reading Bacteriology and Antibiotics Microbes: Structure, Types, and Function Human Diseases Caused by Microbes Applications of Microbes in Medicine Applications of Microbes in Food and Dairy Products Development of Anti-Microbial Drugs Challenges and Hurdles in Treating Microbial Infections Current Research Trends References and Reading Virology and Vaccines Viruses: Structure, Classification, and Function Human Diseases Caused by Viruses Mechanism of Viral Replication in the Host Applications of Viruses in Medicine Vaccines and Anti-Viral Drugs Development of Vaccines and Anti-Viral Drugs Challenges and Hurdles in Treating Viral Infections Current Research Trends References and Reading Immunology and Monoclonal Antibodies Immunity and Immune Disorders Significance of Monoclonal Antibodies Applications of Monoclonal Antibodies Immunotechnology and Immunodiagnostics Development and Production of Monoclonal Antibodies Challenges and Hurdles in Monoclonal Antibodies Current Research Trends References and Reading Recombinant DNA Technology and Therapeutic Proteins Definition and Significance of rDNA Technology Making of rDNA Products Applications of rDNA Technology Disease-Associated Protein Dysfunctions Significance of Therapeutic Proteins Current Research Trends References and Reading Stem Cell Technology Definition and Significance of Stem Cells Types and Classifications of Stem Cells Applications of Stem Cells Stem Cell-Based Therapy: Clinical Trials Stem Cell-Based Therapy: Animal Trials Stem Cells and Drug Testing Stem Cell Lines and Banks Challenges and Hurdles in Stem Cell Research Current Research Trends References and Reading Tissue Engineering Definition and Significance of Tissue Engineering Applications of Tissue Engineering Tools and Techniques of Tissue Engineering Tissue-Engineered Products Challenges and Hurdles in Tissue Engineering Current Research Trends References and Reading Molecular Diagnostics and Forensic Science Significance of Molecular Diagnostics Genetic Diseases Profiling DNA Fingerprinting Forensic Science Diagnostic Tools and Techniques Ethical Issues in Genetic Profiling Current Research Trends Gene Therapy Definition of Gene Therapy Genetic Disorders and Prevalence Applications of Gene Therapy Clinical Trials Based on Gene Therapy Challenges and Hurdles Associated with Gene Therapy Tools and Techniques Used in Gene Therapy Current Research Trends References and Reading Synthetic Biology and Nanomedicine Definition of Synthetic Biology and Nanomedicine Applications of Synthetic Biology in Medicine Tools of Synthetic Biology Applications of Nanomedicine Tools of Nanomedicine Challenges and Hurdles in Synthetic Biology and Nanomedicine Current Research Trends References and Reading Pharmacogenomics Definition and Significance of Pharmacogenomics Adverse Drug Reactions and Causes Applications of Pharmacogenomics Success stories of Pharmacogenomics Challenges and Hurdles in Pharmacogenomics Tools of Pharmacogenomics Current Research Trends References and Reading Bioethics Definition of Bioethics Historical Perspectives of Bioethics Major Bioethical Issues Bioethical Issues and Biotechnology Industry References and Reading Biobusiness and Intellectual Property Rights What Is Biobusiness? Components of Biotechnology Industry Investment and Finance Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Issues in Biobusiness Patents and IPRs Mergers and Acquisitions Market Trends and Future Directions References and Reading Career Opportunities Challenging Job Opportunities Jobs in Biotechnology: World Scenario Academic Jobs versus Corporate Jobs Classification of Jobs References and Reading

About the Author

Firdos Alam Khan holds a doctoral degree from Nagpur University, India. He possesses over 20 years of research and teaching experience gained from his service at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA; Reliance Life Sciences, Mumbai, India; and Manipal University, Dubai, UAE-where he is currently a professor and chairperson of the School of Life Sciences (previously known as the Department of Biotechnology). Widely published, he has been associated with the International Brain Research Organization, France and Society for Neuroscience, USA. A popular conference presenter, Dr. Khan specializes in neuroscience, pharmacology, and stem cell biotechnology-in which he holds two US patents.


"This textbook provides comprehensive coverage of biotechnology as applied to medical sciences. It has a good number of figures that are clearly presented to engage the reader. Each chapter summarises the key researchers in the field and their achievements, which is useful. The chapters on ethics, business, and careers are also valuable sections." -Dr. Aysha Divan, University of Leeds, UK "... an abundance of small pills of knowledge that give a broad view of this topic. ... This book not only presents the latest developments in basic biotechnology but also covers other less common aspects." -Javier Garcia-Castro, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain "If you read this book cover to cover, you will learn a lot about different aspects of biotechnology in medical sciences. The engaged reader will make considerable headway with this book even outside the medical setup. ... [The book] is an anthology of different facets that collectively constitute the field of medical biotechnology." -Dr. Matin Ahmad Khan, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur, India "... could be used as an additional book for an undergraduate biotechnology course or as an introductory book for a graduate student or researcher crossing over into medical biotechnology. ... a good reference book for students interested in learning more about medical biotechnology. ... a good introduction for someone not familiar with the field." -Alexandra Gorgevska, Ph.D, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

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